PBA Phillipine Cup Finals Preview

The biggest battle of the year! It’s the clash between two of the best teams in the Philippines. This only happens here, guys.

It’s between the Alaska Aces and the Talk ‘n Text Tropang Texters. Both teams have done their best in winning the Jun Bernardino Trophy.

It’s Pound vs. Pound! So, catch the 2 of the best squads we have this Wednesday at Araneta Coliseum. Techinally, this is just a rematch of the 2007 Fiest Conference wherein Alaska won in 7 games. So, grab your popcorn, sit back, and shout!

Now here’s my analysis:
I. Matchups
II. Rosters
III. Prediction

I. Matchups
1. Willie Miller vs. Mark Cardona
2. Jimmy Alapag vs. LA Tenorio
3. Jared Dillinger vs. Tony Dela Cruz
4. Ranidel de Ocampo vs. Joe Devance
5. Yancy de Ocampo and Ali Peek vs. Sonny Thoss
6. Chot Reyes vs. Tim Cone

II. Roster
Talk ‘n Text
#2 Robert Reyes (PF)
#3 Jimmy Alapag (PG)
#4 Harvey Carey (SF)
#9 Mark Cardona (SG)
#10 Yousif Aljamal (SF)
#11 Pong Escobal (SG)
#14 Florendo Ritualo, Jr. (SG)
#17 Jason Castro (PG)
#18 Yancy de Ocampo (F/C)
#20 Jared Dillinger (SF)
#24 Jec Chia (SG)
#33 Ranidel de Ocampo (PF)
#34 Ali Peek (F/C)
#98 Gilbert Lao (F/C)

Head Coach: Vincent Reyes
Assistant coaches: Nash Racela, Aboy Castro , Dennis Aenlle, Bong Ravena , Patrick Fran , and Joshua Reyes
Team manager: Frankie Lim
Asst. team manager: Virgil Villavicencio
Team governor: Ricky Vargas

#7 Sonny Thoss (C)
#9 LA Tenorio (PG)
#10 Mark Borboran (SF)
#11 Willie Miller (PG/SG)
#12 Larry Fonacier (SG)
#15 Kelvin dela Pena (PG)
#21 Reynel Hugnatan (PF)
#22 Jeffrey Cariaso (SG)
#30 Ervin Sotto (F/C)
#35 Tony dela Cruz (SF)
#38 Joe Devance (PF)
#55 John Ferriols (PF)

Head coach: Earl Timothy Cone
Asssistant coaches: Joel Banal, Jojo Lastimosa, Dickie Bachmann, Luigi Trillo, and Bong Hawkins
Team manager and governor: Joaqui Trillo

III. Prediction
Talk ‘n Text in 7 games
I both love these teams beause of their play, pride, and heart that stands upon them today. But I really want this as a dream final.

Personally, as a TnT fan, this is the most difficult opponent to match up with because of Alaska’s defense. But we can also recover with these problems. Look over to that November 22 game and see how TnT and Alaska play.

Now here’s the fact, it was TnT who gave Alaska’s first loss during this conference. At that time TnT was losing via upsets made by defending champion Sta. Lucia, Red Bull, and San Miguel but TnT recovered during that ballgame.

Personally, I really want the Texters to win the match because I think they can also outplay the Aces and at the same time, they must win the rematch, and also, they are more deserving.

TnT, for the record, has only won a chmpionship which is the 2003 AFC tourney and an uncoundted 1998 Centennial Cup championship. I hope the Texters will win the bacon. Not literally. Please. Jesus, please listen to us.

Let’s Go Texters!

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